DOD3: The Record of a Restored Voice Recording

There are all sorts of interesting bits of information in the corresponding guidebooks and complete guides for the various DOD and games. I’ve written extensively on many of these things, but there are still a plethora of material that’s out there. It’s nearly impossible to cover everything.

That being said, there’s a section in the DOD3 Complete Guide that grabbed my attention way back when the book was first released, but I never attempted to translate parts of it until now.

I got a good portion of it completed tonight, but there’s still more that I want to work on… But I suppose I can upload this in sections. I’ll update this post when I complete more.


  • Eishima Jun: Novelist. Writer of the DOD3 side stories and the manga series “Utahime Five” and “Shi ni Itaru Aka”. She also goes by the name Nagashima Emi.
  • Natori Sawako: Novelist, scenario writer. She is responsible for the scripts for DOD1, NieR, and DOD3. She also wrote some of the side stories. She also goes by the name Natori Nazuna.
  • Matsushita Saki: Novelist, freelance writer. In interviews for “NieR” and “DOD3” with Dengeki Online and Dengeki PlayStation, she goes by the pen name “Sagako”. She’s also a huge fan of Yoko Taro’s work.

 Is the Multiverse created by diverging branches a contradiction or an intentional misdirection

Sagako: First off, I have a question. Out of the four endings in DOD3, none of them lead into DOD1, right? If you think about the overall timeline, one of the branches in DOD3 has to connect in there somewhere, but no matter how you look at it, there seems to be an inconsistency here. Many DOD1 fans have discussed this inconsistency had have come up with some interesting theories, but what’s actually going on here?

Eishima: At this point in time, I can calmly look back and remember Yoko-san never mentioning any sort of contradiction. I’ve saved all the emails from him so that if I’m ever confused about something, I can go back and reread his notes. I found one where he talked about the overarching DOD timeline which included the comic series Utahime Five, the prequel to DOD3, and also Shi ni Itaru Aka, the sequel to DOD3. Nowhere in his notes mentioned that DOD3 connects to DOD1. So, in short, he never said that DOD3 leads into DOD1.

Sagako: He never said it even once?

Eishima: Nope, I re-read everything he sent to me and couldn’t find one time that he said this.

Sagako: You’re awesome for taking the time to re-check that.

Natori: You’re a researcher…… A Yoko Taro researcher!

Sagako: So, I suppose he wasn’t lying then. I was really curious if he was merely keeping some stuff to himself or if he was being irresponsible. I suppose players like me got it in our heads that the two games were connected, so that’s all we could see.

Eishima: Yes, that’s right. We can accept that the two games don’t connect directly to each other, then what we should do is think in what situation *would* they connect.

Sagako: In that case maybe we should recall the endings in DOD3 and think about why none of them connect.

Eishima: In Branch A, Brother One lives on to create the Cult of Watchers but the pact system doesn’t exist, so that branch is out. In Branch B, the Flower used its Re-program function to create the pact system, but it appears in this branch Brother One never created the Cult of Watchers.

Sagako: Ooh, interesting.

Eishima: In Branch C, Mikhail died so Accord sealed off that branch since there was no future for the entire world. In Branch D, neither the Cult of Watchers nor the pact system were in place, therefore it would be impossible for it to lead into DOD1.

Natori: Each branch has some unique detail that cannot allow for any link with DOD1.

Sagako: I thought the timeline that was printed in the DOD 10th Anniversary -World Inside- book was kind of strange. Although there’s only one timeline, I thought it really odd that not a single moment in history connected anywhere. I remember it like was just yesterday when Yoko mentioned it would be a nightmare to work on editing this.

Eishima: I think you may feel really confused because of how other timelines branch at specific points. I think Accord explained how this is all possible. What interested me was the concept by which branches were introduced within the game.

Sagako: At the beginning of Branch B, you see Accord telling us that the world has split into separate timelines. We’re introduced to the idea of a multiverse, and even during the loading screens, it tells us more about this concept.

Eishima: Within the game, the term for this is “shift”. Just the idea of this alone captivated me. That and the existence of the “singularity”. The singularity directly causes these shifts when a certain amount of Maso has been gathered…… essentially its something living or not that triggers a shift. Within the game, the singularity is Zero or even Two in different moments.

Natori: Then the “singularity” isn’t necessarily born to be the singularity?

Eishima: I think the singularity is identified in retrospect, for example Accord witnesses the events of these branches and can pinpoint exactly what causes the timeline to split. When I think about these new branches that are triggered by the singularity, even if I say “branch”, there are several different ways to interpret this.

Sagako: Specifically?

Eishima: Well, if you take a look at the English release of the game, they didn’t use the term “shift” for this concept, when the singularity causes the birth of a new timeline. It’s interesting that the Japanese version would use this word but simply put it in parentheses, i.e..(shift). This is further explained during the loading screens.

Japanese Direct Translation
A special person, place, or thing that triggers a shift within the [Multiverse]. This phenomenon is triggered when a certain amount of Maso is gathered in an area and all other conditions are met. However, the “singularity” cannot be recorded until the existence of a new branch can be confirmed.

English Localized Version
Persons, plACes, or things thAt Can trigger A Divergence, or Branch, Across multiple worlDs. Branch phenomenA oCCur when enough mAgiC pArtiCles Are in An AreA, AnD All relevAnt ConDitions Are met. However, A singulArity is not reCorDeD As suCh until After A Branch oCCurs.


Natori: I don’t really get why both capital and lower case letters are used here. Did they just want to make it more difficult to read?

Eishima: I was likely intentional.

Sagako: But it’s just as you said, Eishima-san. They didn’t use the term “shift” at all. That’s really curious…… Why is it you had a look at the English localization anyway?

Eishima: Ahh, that was because I was really curious how they translated Zero’s prologue chapter that was uploaded to the official website. Specifically, I focused in on the part where Zero was sentenced to death with “five girls”.

Natori: I see. If you mention five girls…

Eishima: Right. There are five Utahime sisters. As it turned out, many people got it into their heads that the five girls that were executed were reincarnated into the form of the Utahime sisters. But I wrote the four girls, not including the one whose eyes were destroyed, to have different ages and personalities. What’s important here was the number: all together, there were five of these girls.

Sagako: Oh, so they thought the Flower split Zero into her corresponding sisters but the they each directly represented one of the girls that was executed.

Eishima: When I tried to look further into it, I discovered that this thought originally came from a fan site. As far as the official website goes, they translated the chapter just as it was in Japanese with no statement of ages or specific personalities, but since they uploaded the site after this fansite wrote about it, the inaccurate version from the fansite spread like wildfire. Then translations from this site made its way across the ocean to Japan. I started getting messages from fans asking me about it, and I felt as though my hand was being directed in an entirely different way. While worrying about it, I got the thought that… this was all part of Yoko’s plan from the beginning.

Sagako: Oh, so you think maybe it was an intentional “mislead” that Yoko-san threw in there to confuse or misdirect your attention elsewhere. Maybe there’s also a hint in there about the “shift” term, too.

Eishima: Yes. It’s fine to have a look at the English translation, but… I am entirely unfamiliar with English. Just using a dictionary to translate things, I found that they didn’t use the word “Shift” for the Japanese equivalent but rather “Divergence” and “Branch”. I thought this was so fascinating, but I couldn’t really understand anything more than that due to the language barrier. How about you guys? Natori-san? Sagako-san?

Natori: I’m very sorry. I stopped studying after the beginner level of English…

Sagako: Same here.

Eishima: Yeah, right…? Hmm……

Takano: Um, I really hate to butt in at a moment like this. I’m Takano from Square Enix; I was in charge of the PR for DOD3 at the time. I studied English back in college, so maybe I can offer a little help to explain somethings for you. It’s been a long time since I last studied, and I might be forgetting a lot, but if I can do anything to help you guys out……

Sagako: Wow! I didn’t think someone with English background would come out of the woodwork like that!! I thought the editing team at Dengeki was worried that us three girls might start talking about something we shouldn’t, and that’s why Square Enix called you in to make sure we stayed on topic!!

Takano: No, setting that aside, I merely stopped by because was just really interested in what you guys might talk about……

Natori: It’s just a coincidence? What great timing!

Eishima: But, we could really use your help!! Please explain this for us!!

To be continued…

World Inside – Chronology

I’m working on the translation of the entire timeline that was published in the World Inside book that came with the DOD 10th Anniversary Box.  This is going to take a while, so I will update this periodically until it’s finished.

I didn’t like how the table displayed on this blog, so I created a separate page with the Chronology alone. I will update any further information to this page:

World Inside – Chronology

Two of My Comments in the Complete Guide!

I totally missed this for about the first week after I purchased the Complete Guide, and even after another member on the Facebook page posted an image of this page, I still didn’t get it.  Then as I was actually reading through some of the pages, I found my comment on the Character Popularity Ranking for Zero (my comments are extremely spoilerish, so I’ll leave that untranslated for now)… but as I read further, they also printed my comment for the creators of the game, too!!  Out of all of them, I am most appreciative that they printed my comment for the creators and developers because I really wanted to let them know how much I appreciate their hard work.  They are my Dream Team. <3

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The Official Complete Guide Book + Settings


The release of the Official Complete Guide Book and Setting Designs will be released on February 28th. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Do so, here!

Anyway, Dengeki Online has just published a short reminder about the guidebook and reminded us what goodies we can find within it. I believe I’ve posted about its contents before, but here’s one interesting thing they’ve added: The settings for “DOD1.3“.

What is DOD1.3? Well, if you’ve played through DOD3, you will know that [SP: time is not a single, flowing entity. It is like a tree which may brach out from its original path to create a new “future”. It’s the classic Back to the Future idea: Change the past to create a better future.] So, what if events in DOD3 effectively alter the events which now may or may not occur in DOD1? That is where the idea of DOD1.3 comes from; It’s the same general idea, with both small and very vital aspects changed, melded into a new timeline.

For example, the guide book will talk about various possibilities with DOD1.3 like this:

  • Since there is no such thing as contracts between humans and dragons, Caim and Angel have merely a symbiotic relationship.
  • Perhaps there is a parting of ways between Caim and his younger sister Furiae.
  • Many other unpredictable yet exciting new twists and turns!

Looks like I never updated this post with more information on the guidebook.  ^^;;

More information on the Complete Official Guide Book!

Pre-orders for the Complete Official Guide Book have been underway for a while now!  Have you ordered yours yet?  Here’s what you can expect:

The only Complete Guide and Settings book

*  A ton of data and information on how to reach each of the endings

*  A ton of setting designs and information, especially previously forbidden information on various things that many fans have been wondering about


Must read information for fans from the developer on story and world of DOD3

* Featured story by Yoko Taro, series creator

*  Highly detailed information on the world view, development terms and materials to enjoy the game even more


The book is jam-packed full of maniac-level articles by the Dengeki staff that brought you the legendary “DOD2” and “Nier” guide books

*  An extensive view of the DOD3 world from the perspective of the Dengeki staff

*  In the fan book-like corner of the guide, you will find a character popularity poll and much more


Beautiful illustrations and character designs, especially from fans

*  Rough illustrations by character designer Fujisaka Kimihiko, including other design materials and notes that can only be found here

*  Rough images that eventually were cut in the development process

*  Various tribute illustrations from the illustrating team:  Ayakura Juu, Tanno Shinobu, pako, Fukahire, MAYA, Morii Shizuki, and Yaegashi Nan

Dengeki Online – News Release

Amazon – Pre-order the Complete Official Guide Book here!